Defendant tells judge he’s been doing meth since he was 10.

November 15, 2021


Defendant tells judge he’s been doing meth since he was 10.

By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

HART — A 23-year-old Muskegon man who pleaded guilty to second-offense methamphetamine possession in 27th Circuit Court Monday, Nov. 15, told Judge Robert D. Springstead that he has been using methamphetamine since he was 10 years old.

“I’ve been struggling with it since I was 10 years old,” said Jason Garth Spoelhof, of 948 Aurora Ave. “I didn’t have a family, and my parents kicked me out. I was troubled… I hung out with the wrong crowd. I always wanted to get out of it, but it was the only thing I knew.”

Spoelhof was initially charged with second-offense possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, which was dismissed when he pleaded to the lesser charge.

He faces up to 34 months in prison for his minimum term and 20 years maximum.

Spoelhof was caught with an ounce of meth during a traffic stop by Oceana County sheriff’s deputies in Colfax Township, Sept. 15, 2021, according to his testimony.

He was previously convicted of meth possession in Newaygo County in 2019. 

Sentencing is set for Jan. 31 at 9:30 a.m.

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